Accord Annual Collection
Accord Dublin’s Annual Collection will take place on the weekend of 13th & 14th February. We realise that it will be much more difficult for parishes to support us this year – although the demand for services is greater than ever. Your parishioners can donate in the following ways:
Online at www.accorddublin.ie where you will find a DONATE button.
By post to Accord Dublin, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.
By bank transfer to ACCORD Dublin Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG, Bank of Ireland, 88 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2. IBAN: IE27 BOFI 9001 1357 0742 03; BIC:BOFIIE2D.
Following on the successful series of November Coffee Mornings, Gardiner Street Parish has organised a new series to fill us with hope. Every Saturday of February via Zoom. To get a link email us at SFXgardinerstreet@outlook.com
• February 13th: Beyond worry – Living the Serenity Prayer – Michelle Russell
• February 20th: The Invitation – Christine Halloran
February 27th: “When the doors were locked, Jesus came and said ‘Peace be with you.'” (Jn 20:19) – Grainne Doherty
Continuous Rosary in Ireland for Peace and Charity
The idea is simple. A Continuous Rosary will be offered up every minute of every day for Peace and Charity in Ireland. Begins on Ash Wednesday, 17th of February 2021. To make this work there needs to be a minimum of two parishioners per parish, one with surname beginning A-L and one with surname M-Z to say the rosary twelve times per year. For more information, please visit: www.continuousrosary.com
LET’S LIVE LENT: BRINGING THE LENTEN GOSPELS TO LIFE
Join us for Pastoral Conversations – 5 Tuesdays starting 16th February @8pm.
1. February 16th – Let it Go
2. February 23rd – Would you listen to Him?
3. March 2nd – Songs of the Sanctuary
4. March 9th – Into the Light
5. March 16th – Seeds of Hope
Presented by a team from the Office for Evangelisation and the Liturgy Resource Centre. To book email email@example.com
Rathfarnham Parish: Special Trocaire Appeal
For this Lent, we as a parish, have a special appeal from Trocaire. This appeal comes direct from the Trocaire Somalia Country Director, Paul Healy, a fellow Dubliner who has been working with Trocaire for over 25 years. We have been asked to help with the funding for a Tuberculosis Centre in the town of Luuq in Somalia. We hope to help this very worthy cause by donations from our parishioners. There are special envelopes available in the back of the Church for this special appeal. All donations can be left into the Sacristy after Mass or into the letterbox of the Presbytery.
Luuq is one of the major towns in northern Gedo in Somalia and its hospital has been operating under Trocaire management for almost thirty years. The local community call Trocaire the ‘Mother of Health’ as most children have been delivered in Trocaire’s hospital and Trocaire are the only major provider of health services to a population of over 185,000 people in that district.
The Luuq District Health Board, a local group of respected elders in the community, with whom Trocaire works, managed to raise funds from well-wishers over the past two years and bought a piece of land adjacent the hospital. Their intention is to move the current tuberculosis ward away from the main hospital to a new building beside the hospital and to avoid this highly contagious disease from spreading to other people who come to the hospital. They have requested Trocaire to partner with them in constructing that facility.
While Trocaire has developed a Health Fund to secure resources for other critical health needs in Gedo over the coming three years, the glaring need for a TB centre in Luuq has not yet been addressed. It is our hope and prayer that our support at home in Ireland may be able to address this need and protect the lives and health of thousands of people in Luuq in the coming years. We thank you for your kindness and compassion during this season of Lent.
Youth Initiatives (From the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism)
Faithfest is back!! Join us for an evening of games, music, workshop, chats and prayer. Faithfest will take place on the 5th of March from 6:30pm – 8:30pm online. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults – New Course Dates January 2021
The Foundational Leadership Programme offers participants a unique opportunity to explore and develop Gospel transformational leadership Skills. This programme endeavours to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be Gospel centred transformational leaders and change agents within their own parishes, communities. The Foundational Leadership Programme is run jointly between the Catholic and Church of Ireland Dioceses of Dublin and a team of young adult volunteers. It is uniquely placed to nurture and mission a new generation of faith leaders. Commitment will be one Saturday morning – 20th of February, 20th of March initially.
For more information, online registration and payment – use this link https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/08/11/foundational-leadership-programme-sign-up-2020/
Aware – Support & Self Care Groups
If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience. For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.